Juneteenth 2021: A Day of Reflection, Commitment, and Action for Racial Justice
Over the past year, so much has happened nationwide. Again this year, it is crucial that we all stop to reflect, commit, and act to create an antiracist institution at Tufts University.
Citizens around the globe have voiced their resistance to the brutality of U.S. law enforcement, and the enduring harm these systems visit upon Black individuals, families, and communities. Again, the actions of those in the present are preceded by a 400 year legacy of oppression. We believe that silence is violence.
Embedded in the very foundation of our country’s formation, these systems have shaped the trajectory of systemic racism, racial inequity, and social divisiveness across race. It is essential that we, as a Tufts community, continue contributing to the national conversation and contemplate the nation’s histories, the longstanding epidemic of police violence, and commit to our role as change agents in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.
In this spirit of solidarity and racial justice, the Chief Diversity Officers, Office of the Provost, and the Office of the President will be hosting our annual Day of Reflection, Commitment, and Action on Friday, June 18, 2021, the national observance of Juneteenth. While we encourage members of the campus community to engage in this important work with autonomy, we strongly encourage all members of the campus community to attend programming throughout the day, as they are available. We will have opening and closing plenary sessions where all of us in the community can come together to begin to develop the concrete steps we can take as a university, as well as a series of breakout sessions to choose from that will explore, interrogate, and engage attendees in meaningful contemplation and dialogue. Black Lives Matter.